Announcing Photography Orders version 1.4

We’re happy to announce we’ve just released version 1.4 of Photography Orders.

In 1.4 we wanted to give more options to how you display your Photography Business.

Themes

The biggest addition to Photography Orders are themes. We’ve redesigned Photography Orders and come up with three themes, black/dark, grey, and light. We’ve also made it so you can easily go in and modify the look and feel of Photography Orders.

We’re sure you’ll love this addition, and that you’ll have no problems matching Photography Orders to your existing branding.

Choose from 3 default themes, then customize them to suit

Choose from 3 default themes, then customize them

By default, the selected theme ‘Royal Dark’.

Content Blocks

Another inclusion in this update is a feature that allows you to add notes. When your client first logs in, you can display content to them. Also, on each gallery, you can write notes that the client will see. In these blocks, you can promote specials, tell a story behind the gallery, put dates, etc.

gallery notes

Display notes to your customers

Minor features and fixes

We’ve also added support for tax, fixed quite a few bugs and made little enhancements here and there.

Available now

1.4 is now live and available for purchase. Existing customers can download v1.4 for free from their original download link, and can purchase a ticket from here for an upgrade service.

We hope you like v1.4, as always, leave your feedback in the forums.

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Version 1.3 released

We’re happy to announce we’ve just released version 1.3!

We have received a lot of customer feedback, and the goal in version 1.3 was to make Photography Orders more robust and expand its usefulness.

Here’s a list of what we’ve done.

Public Galleries

Public galleries was a hotly requested feature. Public galleries allow event photographers to create galleries without the need to create a client first.

Payment options, checkout and order processing

The major part of v1.3 was to move order processing from offsite (Paypal/Google Checkout), into Photography Orders. Now customers checkout in Photography Orders before being paying.

You can now offer more than one payment option at a time. We’ve added support for Moneybookers, which is an alternative to Paypal, especially for countries and currencies where Paypal doesn’t service. We’ve also added support for offline payment methods. You can choose to allow customers to pay offline/later.

Orders are now saved in Photography Orders. You can view orders you’ve received and update their status/comments, rather than just receiving an email with the order details.

Navigation and design improvements

  • Prev/next buttons on the show photo page mean customers can now move forward and backward in a gallery without having to go back to the gallery
  • Caching of photos means customers load photos once, and after that, they load instantly. This creates a much faster and nicer experience
  • Watermarking can now be selectively used. Previously, you could only toggle the watermark for all photos. In 1.3, the watermark setting determines if a watermark will be placed on newly uploaded photos.
  • Pagination of photos. Galleries are now split over several pages, with 32 photos per page. Previously, photos would all load on the one page
  • Minor improvements to the interface.
  • Go back buttons have been reworded and

We hope you like version 1.3. If you have any feedback, questions, praise or found bugs, please let us know in our forums.

Cheers,

Luke

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Upcoming features in v1.3

We’re currently working on version 1.3 of Photography Orders. The goal for 1.3 was to flesh out a lot of the features, and expand the scope of what Photography Orders can do.

Better checkout and order processing

In v1.2, the checkout is handled either at Paypal or Google Checkout. In 1.3, the checkout is handled by Photography Orders, and the customer is then sent off to pay after completing the order on your site. Coupled with that, orders are now saved so you can process them from within Photography Orders.

We’re adding more payment options, including offline payment and Moneybookers.

Better gallery navigation for your customers

In 1.3 we’ve made some improvements to the customer interface including pagination, and the ability to go from one photo to the next without having to go back to the gallery overview. We’ve also added some aesthetic changes, for example, galleries now have a thumbnail of the first photo inside the gallery.

Public galleries

Event photographers will be able to upload galleries without the need to password protect them.

We’re looking forward to releasing v1.3 within the next couple of weeks. If any existing customers are interested in beta testing, shoot an email to info@photographyorders.com.

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Version 2.2 of Photography Orders released

We’re happy to announce the release of version 2.2!

Version 2.2 is mainly an update to the coding of Photography Orders that allows for our premium theme pack. It also fixes a few bugs.

Here are the full release notes:

Version 2.2

- Fixed bug with new page link when installation was in a subdirectory
- Fixed bug with order email not sending to admin
- Improved formatting of suburb, state, postcode
- Changed country to use full word instead of 2 letter code (e.g. Australia instead of AU)
- Changed checkout to allow phone numbers to have minimum of 6 digits (changed from 10 digits)
- Checkout now has the users home country selected as default
- Fixed bugs where some things were not displaying or functioning correctly in IE
- Dark and Classy Premium theme available
- SEO Friendly page titles

Existing customers can get the latest version from their original download link. A support ticket can be purchased for assistance with upgrading.

New customers will automatically get the latest version.

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Beta testers wanted to test out Pages

Soon we’re rolling out a feature called “Pages”.

Pages will allow you to have content pages on your Photography Orders shopping cart, so you can post information about your services and your business.

We’re looking for customers who want to test out this feature and give us feedback on it before we launch it to all our users.

If you’re interested, please send an email to info@photographyorders.com and we’ll get back to you with instructions on how to get it.

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